Latest Advice on Managing Energy Costs
"I live with my two children and partner in a small semi-detached house. During the winter we use more heating and electricity as we’re home more. Do you have any tips on how I can keep the cost of my energy down during the winter?"
Keeping your home warm - living rooms at 21°C and bedrooms at 18°C - can have a beneficial effect on your health and wellbeing. Living in cold homes can cause, or make worse, certain health conditions.
However, there are a few things you may be able to do to save some money during the winter period without risking your health.
Check when your energy contract is due to expire. If you're at the end of your contract use energy compare by Citizens Advice to see if you could save money by switching supplier or tariff.
If you're on a prepayment meter you could save money by replacing your meter with one that lets you pay after using energy rather than in advance. Most suppliers won’t charge you for removing a prepayment meter, though many will run a credit check or ask you for a deposit.
Here's a few practical tips to help keep costs down:
- Using a timer for your heating, lowering your thermostat (within guideline ranges) and using radiator valve controls could save you over £100 per year
- Changing light bulbs to an energy-efficient one could save £50 over the lifetime of the bulb
- Turn appliances off standby mode to save around £30 a year
- Seal cracks in floors, skirting boards and add draft excluders to letterboxes, doors and windows.
Some energy suppliers also offer grants to allow improvements to your home, like insulation or a new boiler. What help you can get depends on your circumstances and what would help your home. You don’t need to be a customer of one of these suppliers to apply but you’ll need to check your eligibility.